ban·​tam·​weight | \ˈban-təm-ˌwāt \

Definition of bantamweight 

: a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 118 pounds for professionals and 119 pounds for amateurs — compare featherweight, flyweight

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The women’s bantamweight titlebout was the main event of Saturday's UFC 224 show at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. John Morgan, USA TODAY, "Amanda Nunes dominates Raquel Pennington in defending bantamweight title at UFC 224," 13 May 2018 On the undercard, veterans Sara McMann and Marion Reneau seek to hold their place in the bantamweight top 10, while Maryna Moroz and Angela Hill look to rebound from recent losses and stay relevant in the strawweight title picture. Jay Reddick,, "UFC returns to Orlando: Five things to watch," 24 Feb. 2018 In a phenomenal three-round scrap for the CXF bantamweight title, George Garcia (7-3) rallied from a precarious first round to win a majority decision over Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Chris Beal (10-6). Grant Gordon,, "First-round wins by Glendale’s Shahbazyan, Grigoryan highlight ‘Burbank Beatdown’," 22 Apr. 2018 Ragan, a bantamweight (123 lbs.), won a silver medal at the 2017 Elite Men’s World Championships. Dave Clark,, "USA Boxing names Duke Ragan Under Armour Elite Boxer of the Year," 6 Apr. 2018 An eighth contest, a women’s bantamweight fight between Sara McMann and Yana Kunitskaya, has been announced by both competitors on social media but not confirmed by the promotion. Jay Reddick,, "Lake Mary's Mike Perry, others join UFC's Amway Center card," 9 Jan. 2018 San Antonio super bantamweight Adam Lopez boarded a plane for his Friday showdown against Arnold Khegai at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia in foreign territory. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio boxer fighting on unfamiliar turf," 10 May 2018 The 36-year-old is a former WBO bantamweight champ, WBC featherweight champ and IBO featherweight champ. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Sexy Star talks boxing, Rosemary, apology after CCW match in her Miami debut | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 Atop the card is a super-bantamweight (122 pounds) world championship — the sort of thing that doesn’t normally take place in Philadelphia. Don Steinberg,, "Liacouras Center boxing: Philadelphia heavyweights square off," 26 Apr. 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bantamweight was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of bantamweight

: a fighter in a class of boxers who weigh from 112 to 119 pounds (51 to 54 kilograms)

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